In This Issue…Today’s young people face an opportunity divide — a gap between those who have the access, skills and opportunities to be successful and those who do not. Countries are struggling to develop modern workforces due to the growing gap between the skills of unemployed workers and the skills needed to perform the jobs of today and tomorrow.Knowing technology can be a positive catalyst for change, Microsoft created YouthSpark — a companywide initiative — to help create opportunities for hundreds of millions of youth around the world. In this edition of Tech4Good, we showcase the ways in which technology is helping nonprofits and youth with educational, employment and entrepreneurship opportunities.
EducationTechnology is enabling the delivery of education and new experiences to students around the world. It is providing those who previously had no access to information and resources with new learning opportunities.Microsoft Indonesia Cooperates with YCAB to provide affordable non-formal education for underprivileged children
Skype Enables Unique Learning Experiences beyond the Classrooms: Sri Lanka
First NetHope Academy Class Graduates in Rwanda
TED talk by Sugata Mitra: Build a School in the CloudEmployabilityComputer skills are essential for economic participation in the 21st- century workforce, and play a critical role in addressing the issue of youth unemployment.
Tech to Address Youth Unemployment
Bridging the Digital Divide for Underprivileged Youth
‘Youth Solutions!’ Empowers Youth-led NGOs in South Asia
Microsoft Thailand Unveils ‘Microsoft YouthSpark Program’
Online Training to Provide Opportunities for Migrants and Refugees in AustraliaEntrepreneurshipEducators, nonprofit leaders and the private sector are working together to help youth harness technology to innovate and build entrepreneurial products and businesses.
YouthSpark Spotlight: Social Entrepreneurship and Changing Mindsets
Microsoft Taiwan Empowers Female Students in Entrepreneurial Pursuits
Microsoft Imagine Cup 2014
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NGO Cloud DayDate: 1 Oct 2013Location: Seoul, KoreaContact: Jin Hee BaeSocial Media for Social Good WorkshopsDate: 19 & 21 Nov 2013Location: Auckland & Wellington, New ZealandContact: Belinda GormanConnecting CommunitiesDate: 27 Nov 2013Location: Melbourne, AustraliaContact: Brian McLaughlinSocial Media for Social Good WorkshopDate: 28 Nov 2013Location: Melbourne, AustraliaContact: Brian McLaughlinWebinar SeriesOffice 365 for NonprofitsDate: 3 Oct 2013Time: 12pm SGTWhat Nonprofit Executive Staff Need to Know About Social MediaDate: End-Nov 2013Time: Please refer to the October newsletter for detailsContact: Gillian PearlFor more information contact Microsoft's Corporate Citizenship team.Do you know about a technology-focused event in your area that would benefit your nonprofit peers? Let us know by emailing email@example.com
In This Issue…The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) reports that "Asian and Pacific countries continue to suffer disproportionately from disasters caused by natural hazards. Recent large-scale disasters, including the devastating earthquake and tsunami in Japan of March 2011, highlight the value of national preparedness for disaster". In this issue we take a closer look at the IT resources that are available for planning and the specific solutions relevant to disaster preparedness and response. We also highlight nonprofits that have successfully used IT to mitigate risk or deal with the aftermath of a disaster.
IT Planning for Disaster Preparedness & ResponseFurther UNESCAP research tells us that "during the past decade, on average, more than 200 million people were affected and more than 70,000 people were killed by natural disasters annually. Those figures represent 90% and 65% of the world totals, respectively". Given these statistics, there is even more of an imperative for nonprofits in the Asia Pacific region to prepare for disaster situations compared to their counterparts in other markets. Here are some planning resources specifically addressing disaster scenarios.The Resilient Organization: A Guide for Disaster Planning & Recovery
The Top Ten Forgotten Things When Building a Disaster Recovery Plan
50 New Zealand NGOs to Benefit from Tech InitiativeIT Solutions for Disaster Preparedness and ResponseThere are myriad solutions available to support nonprofits in preparing for and dealing with disasters. Organisations must learn about which solutions are best suited for their operations, be those on-premise or cloud-based software options. Educate yourself and then take advantage of what's available.
How Technology Can Help
Riding the Cloud Through Disaster
Apps for Disaster PlanningNonprofits Using IT in Times of DisasterWhether solutions focus on maintaining business operations during the time of a disaster, communicating about the disaster or fundraising to support relief efforts, read about how these nonprofits have used IT to enhance their disaster preparedness and response efforts.Global Humanitarian Society Selects Cloud, Enhances Capacity & Response
Ground Zero: ICT in a Crisis Situation
Microsoft Provides Christchurch Women’s Refuge with Disaster-Proof Email Solution
Skype Supports Humanitarian and Disaster Relief Efforts Through UNHCR and Emergency.lu Partnerships
Philippine Red Cross: Tropical Storm Ketsana
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In This Issue…Computing power and artificial intelligence have become so advanced that we have the ability to analyse huge amounts of data - called "big data" - to help derive insight, project trends and solve important issues. Now nonprofits have access to the computing power and applications that can be used to store, share, analyse and present data in a meaningful way.
Big DataResearch firm Gartner reports that we create 2.5 quintillion bytes of data daily, which means that 90 percent of the data in the world today has been created in the last two years alone. The data comes from social media posts, uploaded videos, the collection of traffic and weather information, and online shopping. The question is how can it be used by the nonprofit sector and used for good?The Big Bang: How the Big Data Explosion is Changing the World
Nonprofits: Master “Medium Data” Before Tackling Big Data
Let’s Talk Big Data for Good
Bono Embraces ‘Inner Nerd’ at TED: Big Data Will Solve Extreme PovertyData: Store & Share ItStoring and sharing data in a way that's accessible and meaningful makes the difference between working efficiently and wasting time. Cloud computing enables nonprofits to store and share data so that it's accessible from anywhere, with any device.
Cloud Basics for Nonprofits
Access Office documents anywhere with Office 365
Overview of Sharing and Collaboration on Excel Data
Carbon Disclosure ProjectData: Analyse ITMost nonprofits have large amounts of data but have not had the time nor the means to analyse it. The analysis can unlock insight and efficiencies, and unveil real outcomes and impact.
Training: What’s so Great about Pivot Table Reports
Pivot, Swivel and Roll: Data Management with the Stars
Video: Creating better Spreadsheets with Microsoft Excel
Use Excel Templates to Manage Data
Hong Kong’s Crossroads Foundation Enhances Operations with Microsoft SoftwareData: Present ItGood graphical displays of data communicate ideas clearly, precisely and efficiently. Done well, they will convey your ideas and help make your point almost without saying a word.
Excel 2013: Create Professional-Looking Spreadsheets, Faster
Video: Foundation & Practice in Data Visualisation
Infographic Tools for Nonprofits
10 Fascinating Data Visualisation Projects
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